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Thin YBa2Cu3O7-δ patterns by Chemical Solution Processing using Ink-Jet Printing

  • Jonas Feys (a1), Bram Ghekiere (a1), Petra Lommens (a1), Simon C. Hopkins (a2), Pieter Vermeir (a1) (a3), Michael Baecker (a4), Bartek A. Glowacki (a2) (a5) (a6) and Isabel Van Driessche (a1)...

In this paper, we present ink-jet printing as an attractive alternative to lithography and etching methods for the development of multi-filamentary YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors. Our research is mainly focused on the study of the influence of rheological parameters on the printability of water-based inks in order to produce superconducting patterns on SrTiO3 and CeO2-La2Zr2O7-Ni5at%W substrates. An aqueous YBCO precursor ink with a total metal ion concentration of 1.1 mol/L with a viscosity of 6.79 mPa s and a surface tension of 67.9 mN/m is developed. Its printing behavior using several ink-jet printing devices is verified using a camera with strobed illumination to quantify droplet velocity and volume. After optimization of the deposition parameters, YBCO tracks with different dimensions could be printed on both types of substrates. Their shape and dimensions were determined using optical microscopy and non-contact profilometry, showing 100-200 nm thick and 40-200 µm wide tracks. Finally, resistivity measurements were performed on the widest tracks on SrTiO3 showing a clear drop in the resistivity starting from 88.6 K with a ∆Tc of 1.4 K.

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